Titans get late pick to beat Commanders, win 3rd in a row

Oct 9, 2022, 1:20 AM | Updated: 2:59 pm
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kyle Philips (18) defensive tackle Sam Okuayinonu (59) and tight end...

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kyle Philips (18) defensive tackle Sam Okuayinonu (59) and tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo (85) celebrate with fans after an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. Tennessee won 21-17. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

              Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kyle Philips (18) defensive tackle Sam Okuayinonu (59) and tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo (85) celebrate with fans after an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. Tennessee won 21-17. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr., left, speaks with Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. Long intercepted a pass attempt by Wentz at the 1-yard line in the final moments of the game, and Tennessee won 21-17. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr. reacts after an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. Tennessee won 21-17. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              CORRECTS STATE TO MD NOT VA Washington Commanders defensive end Montez Sweat (90) celebrates his sack on Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Landover, Md. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              CORRECTS STATE TO MD NOT VA Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz (11) takes the field before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Landover, Md. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              CORRECTS STATE TO MD NOT VA Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) carries the ball as Washington Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) tries to bring him down during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Landover, Md. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr., right, rushes the ball in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)
            
              Washington Commanders defensive end Montez Sweat (90) celebrates his sack on Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Landover, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Washington Commanders defensive end James Smith-Williams sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Washington Commanders defensive end James Smith-Williams, bottom right, celebrates with teammate Montez Sweat after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Sam Okuayinonu (59) sacks Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz throws to a receiver in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz (11) takes the field before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Landover, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Sam Okuayinonu (59) reacts after sacking Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, center, hands the ball off to running back Derrick Henry in the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)
            
              Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, left, hands the ball off to running back Derrick Henry in the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) carries the ball as Washington Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) tries to bring him down during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Landover, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, right, rushes past Washington Commanders defenders in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)
            
              Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, top left, dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) rushes the ball past Washington Commanders defenders in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — A teammate yelled at David Long Jr. from a corner of the locker room, “Keep that game ball!”

He wasn’t letting it out of his grasp.

Long intercepted Carson Wentz at the 1-yard line with 6 seconds left to preserve Tennessee’s third win in a row, 21-17 over the Washington Commanders on Sunday. Derrick Henry again got his team rolling, and Long’s play concluded a goal-line stand that vaulted the Titans (3-2) into first place in the AFC South.

“We never panic,” Long said of a defense that has made two game-saving plays in the past three weeks. “This is what we do it for. This is what you dream of. Don’t panic. Somebody made a play, and we walk off the field. It just ended up being me.”

The interception, Wentz’s sixth of the season, sealed a fourth consecutive loss for the Commanders (1-4) and overshadowed his two touchdown passes to Dyami Brown.

“Guy made a heck of a play,” said Wentz, who was 25 of 38 for 359 yards, including 76 on the final drive. “I just tried to squeeze it in there to J.D. (McKissic). Heck of a play. That was an emotional roller coaster. I thought we had six points when it left my hand and then the result. That was unfortunate.”

Well before Long was the hero, Henry racked up 102 yards on 28 carries and had two catches for 30 yards, one of them a screen pass that set up Dontrell Hilliard’s 13-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. He surpassed 100 yards on the ground for the second consecutive game, and the Titans improved to 24-3 when Henry reaches that mark.

“I’m going to be me each and every Sunday,” Henry said.

When Henry got into the end zone in the third quarter, it was Tennessee’s first second-half touchdown since the season opener. It also tied him with Earl Campbell for second on the franchise TDs list with 73, one back of Eddie George.

Leaning on Henry allowed the Titans to compensate for Ryan Tannehill getting sacked five times. It helps that they’re a league-best 10 of 11 in the red zone.

“These games are going to be tight,” said Tannehill, who was 15 of 25 for 181 yards and the TD pass to Hilliard. “There’s a lot of belief when we get down there we’re going to score.”

The Commanders were 1 of 11 on third down, including the interception, and are now last in the NFC East.

“We have dug a hole but at the same time there’s a lot of games left, a lot of football,” Wentz said. “The NFL is crazy. We try not to look at what happened the last couple games and what’s ahead. We just got to go 1-0 each week. We’ve dug ourselves a hole. We did it to ourselves.”

BIG PLAYS

Wentz made arguably his best pass of the season to connect with Brown for a 75-yard score. It’s the longest first career TD reception for a Washington player since running back Matt Jones in 2015.

Tannehill found Nick Westbrook-Ikhine on a 61-yard completion that was the Titans’ longest offensive play of the season.

“I knew it was 1-on-1, so it basically was just a trust throw, giving my guy a chance to go up and make a play on the football,” Tannehill said.

ROBINSON DEBUTS

Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. made his NFL debut six weeks to the day he was shot twice in the right leg in an attempted robbery in Washington. Robinson got a rousing ovation when he was the last player to be introduced and finished with 22 yards on nine carries as the team’s leading rusher.

“I really can’t explain the feeling of getting back out on the field,” Robinson said. “Today everything finally came to the light, and I’m just so blessed to be back out there.”

Robinson returned to practice Wednesday after spending the first four games of the season on the non-football injury list. The team activated the third-round pick out of Alabama on Saturday.

INJURIES

Titans: DE Denico Autry missed some time in the third quarter with a back injury. He returned at the start of the fourth. … Three starters were inactive: LB Zach Cunningham (elbow), S Amani Hooker (concussion) and LG Nate Davis (knee/foot).

Commanders: RB Jonathan Williams was ruled out with a knee injury at the start of the fourth quarter. … RT Sam Cosmi did not play after undergoing hand surgery earlier in the week.

UP NEXT

Titans: Have a bye week before hosting the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 23.

Commanders: Visit the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Utah forward Ben Carlson (1) goes to the basket as Jacksonville State guard Skyelar Potter (5) defe...
Associated Press

Utah hits 16 3-pointers, routs Jacksonville State 99-58

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lazar Stefanovic made six of Utah’s 16 3-pointers, and the Utes scored the first 19 points of the game and cruised to a 99-58 rout of Jacksonville State on Thursday night for its fourth straight win. Stefanovic finished with 20 points. Branden Carlson added 19 points and Gabe Madsen had […]
22 hours ago
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield (17) celebrates a touchdown by wide receiver Van Jeffer...
Associated Press

Baker cooks: Newcomer Mayfield rallies Rams past Vegas 17-16

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Baker Mayfield threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Van Jefferson with 10 seconds to play to cap a 98-yard drive, and the Rams’ brand-new quarterback led two TD drives late in the fourth quarter to propel Los Angeles to a shocking 17-16 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday night. […]
22 hours ago
San Antonio Spurs' Tre Jones (33) goes to the basket against Houston Rockets' Usman Garuba (16) and...
Associated Press

Johnson’s hot start helps Spurs beat Rockets, end skid at 11

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Keldon Johnson scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs snapped an 11-game losing streak by beating the Houston Rockets 118-109 on Thursday night. Johnson sparked the turnaround by making his first nine shots and his first three 3-pointers in helping San Antonio win for the first time since Nov. 11, […]
22 hours ago
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul G...
Associated Press

Adebayo, Butler lift Heat past Kawhi-less Clippers 115-110

MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo knows the Miami Heat have some work to do to climb up the standings. Thursday was, he hopes, a good start. Adebayo had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Jimmy Butler added 26 points and the Heat held off the Los Angeles Clippers 115-110. “If we worry about ourselves, I feel […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Mikonowicz, Toledo women upend No. 14 Michigan 71-68

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Sammi Mikonowicz made a layup with 13.6 seconds left and then added two free throws at 3.1 seconds as Toledo beat No. 14 Michigan 71-68 on Thursday night for its first win over a ranked team in 12 years and first on the road since March of 1996. The Rockets […]
22 hours ago
A photograph taken using a drone shows Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium after owners the Gl...
Associated Press

Man United owners not taking semi-annual dividend

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United’s owners have not taken their semi-annual dividend for fiscal year 2023, according to the Premier League club’s quarterly financial reports. The decision preceded the Glazer family’s recent announcement that it would consider putting the club up for sale. Dividends amounting to $44 million were paid to the Glazers and […]
22 hours ago
Titans get late pick to beat Commanders, win 3rd in a row